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Pete Ferry, our narrator, teaches high school English in the wealthy suburb of Lake Forest outside of Chicago, and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman named Lisa Kim. But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his restless teenage charges? Why can't he stop thinking about Lisa Kim? And what might his obsession with her mean to his relationship with his girlfriend, Lydia?

With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Travel Writing takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, and delves into the notion that the line between fact and fiction is often negotiable.

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Three things happen in Peter Ferry's carefully wrought first novel: First, a high-school English teacher witnesses the death of a beautiful young woman and develops an obsession about it. Then he shares the story with his students. And, finally, he periodically ventures away from his Chicago neighborhood and writes travel pieces about Mexico, Thailand, Canada and Ireland.

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"An ingenious novel: part mystery, part love story, partly a commentary on the art of writing fiction itself. A post-modern Rear Window with some snappy travel writing thrown in. A splendid debut by a novelist who has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about novels." Joe Queenan

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"Imaginative....For readers interested in experimental fiction and psychological puzzles." Library Journal

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"[O]ne hell of a fictional debut." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] mordantly funny and diabolically smart novel of happenstance and responsibility." Booklist

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Advance praise for Travel Writing:

"The book is totally captivating and page-turning on one level, beautifully written and in touch with the good living of life (in a Hemingway sort of way) on another level, and all the while it raises all kinds of fascinating questions about fiction and fact, the writing process and teaching of literature. That it does all this and manages to be always honest and full of soul is truly remarkable." — Dave Eggers

"An ingenious novel: part mystery, part love story, partly a commentary on the art of writing fiction itself. A post-modern Rear Window with some snappy travel writing thrown in. A splendid debut by a novelist who has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about novels." — Joe Queenan, author of Balsamic Dreams: A Short, But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation

About the Author

Peter Ferry is a teacher, writer, and editor. He has written textbooks for Rand McNally and travel pieces for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. His short stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Overtures, the New Review of Literature, and McSweeney's. He has won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for Short Fiction. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Tavis, November 18, 2008 (view all comments by Tavis)
An intriguing examination of the power of storytelling as told from an English teacher to his students.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151014361
Author:
Ferry, Peter
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080804
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 304 pages Harcourt - English 9780151014361 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An ingenious novel: part mystery, part love story, partly a commentary on the art of writing fiction itself. A post-modern Rear Window with some snappy travel writing thrown in. A splendid debut by a novelist who has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about novels."
"Review" by , "Imaginative....For readers interested in experimental fiction and psychological puzzles."
"Review" by , "[O]ne hell of a fictional debut."
"Review" by , "[A] mordantly funny and diabolically smart novel of happenstance and responsibility."
"Synopsis" by ,

Advance praise for Travel Writing:

"The book is totally captivating and page-turning on one level, beautifully written and in touch with the good living of life (in a Hemingway sort of way) on another level, and all the while it raises all kinds of fascinating questions about fiction and fact, the writing process and teaching of literature. That it does all this and manages to be always honest and full of soul is truly remarkable." — Dave Eggers

"An ingenious novel: part mystery, part love story, partly a commentary on the art of writing fiction itself. A post-modern Rear Window with some snappy travel writing thrown in. A splendid debut by a novelist who has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about novels." — Joe Queenan, author of Balsamic Dreams: A Short, But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation

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